Gov. John Carney announced July 27 that the Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy and the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Committee selected four women to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in September.

The inductees include former second lady and higher education access advocate Jill Biden; the first woman and person of color from Delaware to serve in Congress, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester; retired educator, historian and civic leader Reba Ross Hollingsworth; and former Superintendent of the Smyrna School District Deborah Wicks.

Each of these women have made significant and meaningful contributions to Delawareans through their personal and professional achievements.

“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees have achieved incredible things in their fields of work,” said Carney. “Dr. Jill Biden, Debbie Wicks, Dr. Reba Hollingsworth and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester are role models to all in our state, women who go above and beyond to positively contribute to their communities every day.”

Kay Keenan, chair of the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Committee, expressed excitement around the diversity of the inductees.

“These inductees differ in terms of race, background, and many other components, but their one common characteristic is the significance of their positive impact in Delaware,” said Keenan. “I’m honored to have had to opportunity to lead the new Hall of Fame Committee in its first inductee selection.”

Inductees will be recognized at the 37th annual Hall of Fame of Delaware Women awards reception, set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway. The event begins with heavy hors d’oeuvres and stations, followed by the event program. Tickets are $60 early bird pricing through Aug. 15, $75 after; and are available at

“The Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy and the Delaware Hall of Fame Committee is beyond excited to honor this group of inductees at our annual event,” said Melanie Ross Levin, director of the Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy. “Despite our size, it’s clear that there’s no shortage of accomplished women in Delaware. Please join us as we pay homage to this incredible group of women who have served our state with such distinction.”